The Laidback Gourmet: Wonka Exceptional Fruit Marvels

Tis the Season to be Reviewing…

As has become our holiday custom, wont you enjoy a little Christmas music to enhance the mood?

Buone Feste Natalizie and welcome to another holiday edition of the Laidback Gourmet where it’s the Christmas season every single day during the Christmas season. Today we’ll be taking a look at Wonka Exceptional Fruit Marvels.

Wow, Wonka Exceptional Fruit Marvels? That sounds old timey AND high class. Sadly, I feel severely under dressed for this review. I should have dressed up like my great great great great grandfather, Edmund Alastair Difolco. He had style, here’s a picture of him:

Class act. Now I’m sure many of you are wondering how this particular product has ANYTHING to do with Christmas. Many of you are probably thinking, “he just found something random at the store he wanted to try, this has nothing to do with Christmas. How can he possibly explain this?” Well, you’d be right, but I always enjoy a challenge so here goes.

In Frank L Baum’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” it’s said that one of the favorite treats that the kids got brought to them were sweets and exotic citrus fruits from other lands. Well, these are both sweets AND citrus fruits! These candies are the very embodiment of Frank L. Baum’s vision of the Christmas spirit! To scoff at this is to scoff at the very fabric of everything that makes Christmas good and pure! Not to mention that Clementines are often called “Christmas Oranges” So this is a perfectly legit Christmas Time review.

Now that I’m done shoveling the manure, you’re absolutely right, these are just something random I found at the store and thought it would be cool to review. I mean, Exceptional Fruit Marvels? How could I turn down something with a name like that? Thank goodness they don’t have the words “Invigorating” on them or I’d have to put on a monocle! Well, let’s open this tin up and see what we got.

I really don’t have anything to comment on here. They look just like the candies they were promised to be. I’m going to just pop one in and give it a shot…


OW!!! DANG IT!!! They’re way harder than I thought they’d be. They are called, “Hard candies with soft center delicately sugar dusted”. I figured you could just chew them, but no, these things are as hard as gobstoppers. Well, while I suck on this one, let’s see if we can see what’s going on on the inside here. For that… STOP… It’s Hammer Time!

Mr. Eddie with a hammer, always a frightening sight, but I have managed to crack one open, take a look at what we got here.

Looks like we have a thicker candy shell then I thought, with a soft fruit gel like filling. Kind of like the Earth, if you remember your grade school Geology.

Image that mantle is the hard candy shell, and the molten center is the delicious, yet deadly candy center. Well, while I was rambling I was able to work my way down to the soft filling and give that a chew. Actually I have to say it tastes more like real orange than pretty much any other chew I’ve had. The only problem is that you have to work through a rather bland Gobstopper like candy to get to the chewy nugget of flavor at the core. I’ll give these a 6/10. While the chewy center is really good, the hard shell you have to get through is kind of bland, and just too much trouble to bother with in order to get to the good stuff.

Well that concludes yet another *ahem* *cough* “holiday” edition of the Laidback Gourmet, but do not be sad, there’s more ACTUAL Christmas coming up. Thank you, as always, for reading, and please feel free to email me your thoughts, suggestions, comments, or simply lavish they praise upon me at Until next time, this is Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet who‘s about to be on his way to try to find hat as awesome as Edmund.

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